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Az’s same-sex couples could get family leave, but impact uncertain

The Labor Department has proposed expanding the Family and Medical Leave Act to legally married same-sex couples, even if they live in a state that doesn’t recognize gay unions. Advocates say it might have little practical impact in Arizona, but would make an important political statement.... Read more»

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Here's what Mexico is teaching Latin America about gay marriage

Mass same-sex marriages, presided over by the mayor? Yes, and then some.... Read more»

Judge rules Texas gay marriage ban is unconstitutional

A federal judge in San Antonio ruled Wednesday that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.... Read more»1

AG Holder: Treat legally sanctioned same-sex marriages like any other

The Justice Department was ordered Monday to start treating legal same-sex marriages the same as any other marriage, regardless of whether the couple lives in a state – such as Arizona – that does not recognize such unions.... Read more»

Gay marriage becomes legal in England after queen's assent

The same-sex marriage bill was passed by the lower house of the British parliament on Tuesday with support from Prime Minister David Cameron.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Border protection, at what cost?

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada on immigration reform and border security, plus Tucsonsentinel.com’s Dylan Smith, GOP state Rep. Ethan Orr, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, and attorney Don Loose... Read more»

Hundreds celebrate Supreme Court rulings favoring same-sex marriage

A boisterous crowd of gay-rights supporters cheered and hugged outside the Supreme Court Wednesday when word came down that the justices had overturned a federal law limiting marriage to one-man, one-woman.... Read more»

After Supreme Court rules on gay marriage, debate heads back to state

The Supreme Court’s rulings on same-sex marriage are not likely to have a direct effect on states that ban gay marriage, like Arizona, where both sides said they now expect the fight to resume.... Read more»

Prop. 8 ruling paves way for same-sex marriage in California

The Supreme Court decided Wednesday that supporters of California’s gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, lacked standing to appeal a lower court’s decision. By default, the decision allows Californian same-sex couples to get married again. However, it does not make a decision on gay marriage as a whole.... Read more»

Supreme Court rules DOMA unconstitutional

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, ruling it unconstitutional. The ruling does not legalize gay marriage in America. What it does do is afford same-sex couples who are legally married the same treatment as married heterosexual couples.... Read more»1

Turnout light, emotions high as Supreme Court hears 2nd gay marriage case

There were fewer protesters for the second day of historic Supreme Court hearings on same-sex marriage laws, but the crowds still filled the foot of the Supreme Court’s steps, where they waved flags, chanted and held up signs for their cause. Rulings could come sometime this summer.... Read more»

Arizonans join rallies at Supreme Court for, against same-sex marriage

Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors have been a couple for more than 50 years, but at a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court they called Tuesday their “moment in history.” “Why is it because we’re two women, our love is not recognized?” asked Bailey, a featured speaker at a rally in support of same-sex marriage Tuesday, when the high court began two days of hearings on the issue.... Read more»

Gay marriage: The Supreme Court's possible rulings

Leave it to San Francisco to advance what’s likely to be one of the most contentious cases facing the Supreme Court in decades, with California’s Proposition 8 heading to the nation’s top court on Tuesday carrying activists’ magic question: are gay marriage bans unconstitutional? Yes or no? (with hearing audio)... Read more»3

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Justices want Prop. 8 to go away

There are probably five justices who object to California’s anti-gay Proposition 8 and who would prefer to see it struck down. Justice Kennedy, the conservative viewed as most likely to provide the fifth vote for equality, openly pondered whether Prop 8 violates the Constitution’s ban on gender discrimination. (with full audio)... Read more»

For gays at inaugural, Obama’s call for equality strikes a chord

In his inaugural address Monday, Obama stressed equality, explicitly pointing to gay rights as an area where more work needs to be done in his second term.... Read more»

Mexico's supreme court rules in favor of gay marriage

Mexico’s supreme court struck down a law in Oaxaca that banned same-sex marriage, paving the way for gay marriage to become legal.... Read more»

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